Tip : what’s the new worst that can happen

One of the most heard problems of people interested into street photography is “how do you ask someone?”
The answer is incredibly simple. 

“You use your mouth”

Yep it’s that simple. Just walk up to someone with a big smile and just ask if he or she minds their picture taken. Tell them you’re working on a school project or personal project (saves explaining it’s not commercial) and shoot. 
Most of the times you ask someone it’s already an interesting character, and trust me they know. So don’t worry. I’ve done it many many times and hardly ever get a “no”. 
And let’s be honest… what’s the worst that can happen….. indeed ….. “no” and as far as I know nobody ever ended up in the hospital after a “no”
Do be careful. 

Don’t just point your camera towards a group of men with a gun in their pants or if you suspect illegal activities. Don’t just be anti social and stick a camera in someone’s face. Just smile and ask. You’ll see it’s really easy. 
Oh one final tip. 

If someone points a gun to your face…. they probably don’t mean that they want to sell it. (Just kidding)

QF Ep 79 Wireless mic shoot out

In this episode of Quite Frankly we look at two wireless mic solutions.

Audio is the most important thing in a video, so getting that right is incredibly important. We actually always use a wireless Sennheiser system which works flawlessly. However they are also a bit expensive, so how well does a much cheaper Boya system compare to the Sennheiser..

In this video you can see me test the audio quality, interference of background noise and range.

Tip on subtle motion

Motion can be awesome but also remember that a dynamic photo doesn’t always has to be a jumping model or waving hairs 🙂 

Sometimes a very subtle “Stand on your toes and pose like ….” can grow into something like you see here. A small prop like a hat completes the shot. 

Tip : space

I always love to leave space in my images. I often call it “the way the image breath”. When I do portfolio reviews I often see photographers really zooming in on the model like they are afraid that they loose megapixels they paid for.

If you leave some room you will see that an image is way more pleasant to look at and also draws the viewer in more.
On location this becomes even more important. Show that location. Don’t just shoot a model against an old wall (that can be anywhere) but really show the location you were in.